Chapter 1 - Government Chapter 1 Democracy and American...

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Government Chapter 1 Democracy and American Politics 1. Benefits of Democracy a. Protects Human Rights because it recognizes the intrinsic worth and equality of human beings b. Reaches rational decisions because it counts on the pooled knowledge and expertise of the entire population c. Stable and long-lasting because the leaders enjoy a sense of legitimacy d. Conducive to economic growth and material well-being e. Human beings are best able to develop their natural capacities and talents 2. Democracy: A system of rule by the people, defined by the existence of popular sovereignty, political equality, and political liberty 3. Tyranny: The abuse of power by a ruler or government a. Athens in 400 BC was the purest form of democracy in history 4. Direct Democracy: A form of political decision making in which the public business is decided by all citizens meeting in small assemblies a. Athens was a Direct Democracy 5. Representative Democracy: Indirect democracy in which the people rule through elected representatives
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